What we do: Street Law teachers work in teams to teach incarcerated youth at San Mateo County Juvenile Hall (“Hillcrest”).
As of now, we plan to teach students in person at Hillcrest. Each week, teachers choose a lesson on substantive law (i.e., Gangs, Drugs, Immigration) or criminal procedure (i.e., Hearings and Pleas, Search and Seizure) Each lesson comes with a detailed and ready-to-use lesson plan, but teachers are welcome and encouraged to modify these lesson plans or create new ones. The goal of Street Law is to inform incarcerated youth of their rights and responsibilities, develop their advocacy skills, and promote critical thinking about our justice system. New teachers are often surprised by how engaged and insightful their students are—and they often find themselves learning as much as they teach.
As a teacher, you’ll receive training in the juvenile justice system as well as teaching techniques and classroom management. We welcome members with no prior teaching experience.
It is unclear at the moment whether we will be able to teach at Hillcrest in person in the fall, so 1Ls who join Street Law will not start teaching until January. We are hopeful that we will be able to teach in person by January, but the Street Law board is working to develop a contingency plan (i.e., equipping Hillcrest with the technological infrastructure necessary for remote teaching) in the event that teaching in person is not feasible.
Commitment Required of Members:
We generally have about 20 to 30 members, and at least half of our members teach during any given quarter. Active teachers lead a one-hour lesson each week for 6-7 weeks each quarter, and we expect new teachers to commit to teach for at least one quarter during the 2020-2021 academic year. (Winter start is mandatory for 1Ls this year.)
Open Membership Spots: 10
Adv. Degree Student Participation: Permitted
Winter Start: Required; We prefer as many entering participants as possible start in the Fall Quarter, but don’t require it.
Eligible for Meeting NYS Bar Pro Bono Requirement: Unlikely
Language Ability Preference: Native or Near Native Spanish Ability Valued, But No Language Skills Required